Article ID: CBB000500117

Rudolph Koenig's Workshop of Sound: Instruments, Theories, and the Debate over Combination Tones (2005)


Rudolph Koenig's workshop was a busy meeting place for instruments, ideas, experiments, demonstrations, craft traditions, and business. Starting around 1860, it was also the place in Paris where people discovered the new science of sound emerging from the studies of Hermann von Helmholtz in Germany. Koenig built Helmholtz's ideas into apparatus, created new instruments, and spread them throughout the scientific and musical world. Through his own research, he also became Helmholtz's strongest critic. This paper looks at the activities of this unique space and, in particular, how it contributed to the protracted disputes over an elusive acoustical phenomenon called the combination tone.

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Authors & Contributors
Jackson, Myles W.
Pantalony, David Alexander
Wilson, Preston S.
Dolder, Craig N.
Brenni, Paolo
Greenslade, Thomas B., Jr.
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society
Physics Teacher
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft
Springer Science + Business Media
MIT Press
University of Toronto
Franco Angeli
Science and music
Musical instruments
Senses and sensation; perception
Helmholtz, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von
Koenig, Karl Rudolph
Carey, William M.
Marloye, Albert
Waetzmann, Erich
Mach, Ernst
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
20th century, late
16th century
United States
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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